One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ideal rustic paradise.
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- ‘The picture most admired by literary men was Poussin's second treatment of the theme ‘Et in Arcadia Ego’, The Shepherds of Arcady, c. 1650-5 (Paris, Louvre), a picture which fascinated later writers and painters.’
- ‘As Revell puts it in his prefatory note: ‘the Arcady all around.’’
- ‘Rude as they were, with their heavy, hobnailed shoes, and their awkward gait, they brought a little of Arcady with them.’
- ‘The Eclogues came to signify Arcady as a place where poetry and love meet with or avoid the worlds of politics, cities, and empires.’
Late 16th century: from Greek Arkadia (see Arcadia).
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